Category: Aerospace 101

Efficiency in High Speed Flight

The need for speed Ever since the inception of flight, we have been looking for ways to make air travel safer, cheaper and faster. Even though the former two of these goals is being expanded upon with each new generation of aircraft, the latter has been seemingly ignored lately. The last (and basically only) commercial…


Aerodynamics in aerospace

Why aerodynamics? There isn’t any air in space for the most part, but air is still relevant when you’re trying to get something into space because this pesky thing we humans call the atmosphere likes to get in the way. During launch, a rocket has to deal with the crushing pressure from high speed flight,…


Aerospace 101 Week 1: Introduction

Rockets are the backbone of space exploration. They are our gateway to space, giving us access to the universe outside of the little bubble of our planet. A successful space program is in this age the hallmark of technological advancement, of cutting edge engineering and innovation, and there’s a reason for that. Rockets are some…


Orbits and getting to orbit

What even is an orbit? Interesting question. Let’s see what Google has to say about this. Hmm. That make sense to you? It didn’t to me. If an object is following a “gravitationally curved trajectory” and is under the influence of gravity, why doesn’t it just fall down? Why does it follow this trajectory that…


Basics of Flight Week 1: Introduction

Flying a plane is tough because it behaves strangely and is quite tricky to handle. You need to develop an instinct to quickly handle stuff on board. Take this for an example: if you want your airplane to go up, you point its nose up; but you point its nose too up, and you lose…


Lift and Angle of Attack

Why do you need to know this? The mystery of the how aircraft flies lies in the art of positioning the aircraft (and by extension the wing) in such a way that the flow of air over the wings generates lift. I am not joking – positioning your aircraft is the only thing needed, along…


Instructions for Weekly Assignment Submissions

Instructions for Text Submissions For submitting assignments through text, we will give you forms which you will have to fill with your responses. We recommend you keep your answers as concise as possible, under 400 words maximum. NOTE: The 400 word limit is one that you must not exceed for any one question under any…